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January 13, 2015
FOR A MAN who swore he'd stick to the long-term vision that got him hired, Ron Hextall last week showed the same shortsightedness that has kept the Flyers coming up empty since 1975. Under no circumstances should Steve Mason have been in net on Thursday night, let alone Saturday. Alas, the allure of a last-gasp, miracle run to the Stanley Cup playoffs got the best of Hextall. Now, the Flyers are lucky Mason - one of just three pieces Hextall should be hellbent on building the future around - will miss only the next 2 weeks with a "lower-body" injury.
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January 12, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers lost more than a hockey game Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center. A lot more. They lost the services of talented goalie Steve Mason for an undetermined amount of time. Mason, who took the league's fourth-best save percentage (.933) in even-strength situations into the game, suffered an apparent injury to his right knee in the opening period of the Flyers' 3-1 loss to the tight-checking Boston Bruins. The Flyers would say only that Mason suffered a lower-body injury and would be reevaluated Sunday.
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January 12, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers still think they are good enough to make the playoffs. Delusional? Perhaps. In denial? Probably. But, hey, they need something to rally around. The Flyers are 16-19-7 just past the midway point of their schedule, 11 points out of a playoff spot. That deficit, in itself, isn't the biggest challenge. This is: They have to climb over five teams. "We've put ourselves in a tough situation, but we have games left that we can make up ground," coach Craig Berube said.
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January 12, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers linemates Jake Voracek, who leads the NHL with 50 points, and Claude Giroux were named to the league's all-star team Saturday. The game will be played Jan. 25 in Columbus, Ohio, where Voracek spent the first three seasons of his career. He was dealt to the Flyers in 2011 for Jeff Carter and a first-round draft pick that produced Sean Couturier and a third-rounder that turned out to be Nick Cousins. Voracek, a 25-year-old right winger, will be making his first appearance in an All-Star Game.
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January 11, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers' Blue Line Shuffle - coach Craig Berube has been rotating several defensemen as healthy scratches - will end for the next three weeks. That's how long Nick Grossmann is expected to be sidelined, general manager Ron Hextall announced Friday. Grossmann injured his right shoulder when checked into the boards by Washington's Tom Wilson in the first period of the Flyers' 3-2 overtime win Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center. With Grossmann sidelined, Andrew MacDonald will return to the lineup Saturday afternoon, when the Flyers have a critical matchup against visiting Boston.
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January 11, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
BARRING further injury, the complaint from the Flyers' blue line over the next 3 weeks cannot be the lack of a consistent and cohesive lineup. That's because defenseman Nick Grossmann will miss at least that much time with an "upper-body" injury, general manager Ron Hextall announced yesterday. Grossmann, 29, left Thursday's win over Washington late in the first period after being crunched on the boards by Tom Wilson. The diagnosis from amateur physicians was a right shoulder injury, based on the hit, but Grossmann also has a history of concussions.
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January 10, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Earlier this week, a reporter told Flyers general manager Ron Hextall he looked glum as he walked into the pressroom and was about to start a news conference. "We're in 25th place in the league," Hextall replied, "and I'm supposed to come in here . . . cheery?" Hextall was in a better mood Thursday after watching the Flyers win their second straight, a hard-earned, 3-2 overtime victory over a Washington team that had lost just once in regulation in its previous 15 games. With a sellout crowd watching at the Wells Fargo Center, Jake Voracek's one-timer from the high slot deflected off a Washington player and into the net, giving the Flyers the dramatic win. "I got a lucky bounce, but it was a big goal," Voracek said of his power-play tally.
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January 10, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Defenseman Luke Schenn is puzzled and frustrated by the way he has been yanked in and out of the Flyers lineup this season. "I've never experienced anything like this, that's for sure," Schenn said Thursday after the morning skate. "You learn as you go. " Schenn, 25, was acquired in a 2012 trade that sent left winger James van Reimsdyk to Toronto. The defenseman was back in the lineup Thursday against visiting Washington, replacing Andrew MacDonald. Schenn had been a healthy scratch in three of the previous four games, and he was a healthy scratch in four other games - two in November, two in December.
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January 9, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the second time in the last five days, the Flyers breathed a collective sigh of relief after they leaned that an injury to one of their marquee players was not serious. That counts as good news these days for a team that began Wednesday eight points out of a playoff spot. On Wednesday, an MRI exam apparently showed that goalie Steve Mason's mysterious injury was not major. The Flyers did not reveal the test results but said he would take part in the morning skate Thursday and might face visiting Washington later that night.
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January 9, 2015 | BY SAM DONNELLON, Daily News Sports Columnist
THE ODDSMAKERS say that Craig Berube is most likely to be the next NHL coach fired and that his team is among the least likely to make the playoffs, even after last night's thrilling, 3-2 overtime victory over a weary Washington team pushed their point total to 39. But that didn't deter some on-the-spot ciphering by the game-winner, Jake Voracek, or some of the other boys after last night's hard-earned victory, which pulled the Flyers to within nine...
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